As with anything, the key to a healthy PhD is an effective work-life balance. It is important to take pauses and breaks during your PhD to avoid burnout and so that you can enjoy what you do rather than viewing it as a liability. Manpreet Kaur discusses how she sprinkles breaks in her weeks and months.
Life as a researcher can be very hectic with long hours in the library or the laboratory. And after all that hard and tiring work it can be all too easy to reach for the takeaway menu or the ready meal. But Giles Penman discusses his experiences of cooking to relieve stress and promote health and wellbeing.
Lockdowns and social restrictions over the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic have been very isolating, particularly so for postgraduate researchers who often spend long periods alone studying at home. But Giles Penman discusses his positive experiences of looking after a pet while studying for his PhD.
Organising events is an art in itself. Because it deals with people and logistics, it means that you have to be flexible, agile, and attentive. It is also very stressful, but incredibly rewarding. Now, organising online events is a different beast altogether. Our blog editor Lúcia reflects on her experience organising a big online conference and what she took away from it.
The winter with its cold and bleak weather was hard amid the lockdown. But now, finally, the weather is becoming brighter, and spring is in the air. Giles Penman discusses his positive experiences of enjoying walking and photography in the sunshine.
While you may want to keep your head down and eyes focused on your research, blogger Ellie King talks about the benefits of becoming a rounded researcher, and some top tips on where to start.
Organisation is key to keeping all the ideas and thoughts during a PhD in check. It is helpful to have everything written down somewhere to prevent everything from overwhelming you. Manpreet Kaur shares how having notebooks for different purposes has helped her to organise her PhD related ideas.
Over the past few months, we have been stuck inside for long periods, often by ourselves. We have not been able to visit galleries or attend art classes. Lockdown has been tough without many creative outlets. But Giles Penman presents an artistic solution at an upcoming virtual OnTrack session.
Ever worry about how much work you’re putting into your research? About how much progress you’re making? Blogger Ellie King reflects on her experiences with her work-ethic being both her friend and enemy.
In this new normal world, online conferences are fast becoming the norm. Along with this comes digital networking, which can be hella scary. Here’s Ellie King’s top tips for getting you started.
Whether or not to study towards a PhD qualification is a big decision. A PhD demands a lot of hard-work, commitment, and motivation. What are some of the things to consider when thinking about whether to do a PhD? Manpreet Kaur shares some of hers.
Struggle to stop procrastinating? Find yourself constantly scrolling through Twitter when you should really be working? If you want to get focused and keep concentrating, blogger Ellie has put together a list of the best websites and apps for just that.
Starting a PhD is a thrilling time, but it can also be daunting. What are some of the things one can do to make the beginning as smooth as possible? Manpreet Kaur shares some of the things she has got planned to keep organised and dive into the rich world of research.
Interested in teaching but not sure if it’s really for you? Wondering what support is available for PhD students who teach? Sky Herington shares her experience of working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Warwick and some top tips for how to get started.
One thing I really struggled with at the start of my PhD was a big question: am I making enough progress?
Originally published on 4 May 2016.